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Jay-Z Really Was a True Gangster: Admits Shooting Brother When He Was 12

For most rappers, living or having lived a life of incessant crime and truly implementing bad boy, hard knock ways is all an act. More times than not, all of the thug life talk is just that, talk. Very few have actually lived the life that they so often portray in their music.

Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, has on endless occasions admitted to "slinging rocks" back in his days of hustling around Brooklyn's Marcy Projects, but his hoodlum activities have never seemed to diverge much beyond that. In a recent interview with The Guardian, however, the 11 time number one album artist disclosed of shooting his older brother Eric when Jay himself was just 12 years old.

Jay reported that his brother Eric had stolen a piece of jewelry from him in the means of satisfying an addictive drug "fix." Furious with the theft, the Grammy Award winner unloaded on his sibling, leading him to be rushed to the local hospital.

"I thought my life was over," Hov said. "I thought I'd go to jail forever. It was terrible. I was a boy, a child. I was terrified."

As one could assume, Jay-Z's brother never pressed charges, leaving the now million dollar CEO without prosecution and stain free to become one of the greatest to ever set foot in a booth. In addressing the horrific childhood incident, he penned these lyrics on one of his older records entitled 'You Must Love Me:' "I thought my life was over. I thought I'd go to jail forever. It was terrible. I was a boy, a child. I was terrified."

Surprised and a bit befuddled as to how this occurrence has never been brought to light and why Jay decided now to unveil such details from his past, I guess the King can add another stud or two to his heavy studded hip-hop crown for this will only leave him with more respect from his so called peers - sad but true.

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